A little update on what I shall be getting up to this year. some very interesting projects, both new and old. At the beginning of February I took the loom and some other bits to the  Pene Y Groes Wool and Fleece Festival. It was the first time that the festival had been run, but we had a great time, lots of interesting visitors and stall holders. I could have spent far more than I made! Nicole, the lady who organised the event, has great plans for the event. She is hoping to develop it into a North Wales Wool week, similar to the one in Shetland. We had a woolly meeting at the end of the day. Lots of interested parties present. Not only crafters, but farmers, traders, buyers, and even the Wool Board. If we can getting up and running there is great potential. If anyone out there is interested or has any ideas please let me know and I will pass them on to the group. Equally, I will post our next event for you all.

Now other events that I will be involved in this year, well so far! It is only March.  Three months, three blogs. Hope you are impressed!

Woolves Yarnival Festival

This will be on 20th May at the Newhampton Arts Centre in Wolverhampton. This is the second year of the Festival, last year’s inaugural one was very popular. We are showcasing lots of textile groups from around the area, people are invited to come to have a chat, a play,  and discover what is out there. I will be running two felt workshops this year. A beginners one, teaching the basic technique, and a more advanced workshop using resist technique. These can be booked in advance or on the day. Price £5. Places are limited to 12 for both workshops.

For more information contact Caroline at Hembra Crafting https://en-gb.facebook.com/Hembra-crafting-1434338866828027 or  https://www.hembracrafting.co.uk 

A scene from last year’s Yarnival

Sew Crafty

This is on 16th June at Cannock Chase Museum.

I went as a visitor last year and enjoyed myself, so I applied for a stand this year. This is lots of textile groups and people from around the Cannock area. So again a chance to find out what goes on. Lots of stalls run drop in activities, and I will be doing the same.  For more information contact the museum, http://www.museumofcannockchase.org

Llandovery Sheep Festival

Now this one I am really excited about. The Festival itself has been going for a while, but I haven’t been, as it is in September, and I tend to be a bit busy then! However this year it is based around Vikings. So how could I not? In fact I sort of got myself invited!!

I will have a trade stand with the loom and all my Ironage stuff and felt there, and I am also running an Anglo – Saxon embroidery course during the weekend. To book you will need to contact Llandovery directly. It will feel more like a little holiday than work, I am really looking forward to it. Their contact details are https://www.llandoverysheepfestival.co.uk they are also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/LlandoverySheepFestival

Me. In Viking mode

Camlan Seasonal Fayre

This is an old venture with a revamp. Camlan garden Centre in Dinas Mawddwy have held farmers markets in the past, as they have now teamed up with the local Coffee Shop, and are planning a local produce shop, they will now be running seasonal Fayres instead. the stands will feature local businesses and we are hoping for a good range of products. I will be there as the Celtic lady, with all my bits and pieces. The fayres will be on 25th March, 6th May, 5th August, 28th October, 9th December.

Sadly I can’t make the first one, I am just too busy with my school workshops, but I aim to be at the rest. We are hoping to run some plant based workshops too, looking at how Celts used plants as medicines and dyes. That is still in the pipeline, but please let me know if you are interested.

Lisa at Camlan is lovely, so if you need any information contact her at https://www.facebook.com/camlangardening

Well there is a lot for you all there. Please get in touch if you want to know anything more specific about what I am doing at these events, and there may well be more to add as the year goes on.

A selection of plant dyed wools.


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